I meant to post this yesterday, but there was just no time!
How can anyone today talk about anything but the fact that we are in times of great joy and great sadness? I am struck by the tension of two things today: the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage, but also the funeral for the black men and women killed by racism in South Carolina. I think this picture it explains it all:
One victory has been won. But there are still more to fight. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t want to be one of those people who never seems to be happy, always wanting more more more. Well, actually, I do want to be one of those people. Because as Bishop Michael Curry said in one of his answers at the session about the Presiding Bishop nominees: “This world does not have to be the way it is. Jesus gives us a better way.”
This world doesn’t have to be so broken. There doesn’t have to be so much food inequality, where some have much and some have little. There doesn’t have to be so much economic injustice, where again some have much and some have little. There doesn’t have to be times when a person is afraid to walk around in their own skin because of the pigment of that skin. There doesn’t have to be people who suffer from addiction and have no one to help them through it. There can only be love, peace, and justice. That is what Jesus taught us.
So today I will rejoice, and I have been. But I also know that tomorrow I will wake up, put on that joy like a piece of armor that gives me strength, and walk out and fight for even more change. “I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!”